What are the movers and shakers of Australian accom?

New names, sales, builds and refurbs dominate Australian accom news.

Urban lifestyle brand TRYP is coming to Melbourne, the Wyndham group confirming a $39 million, 173-room hotel will be built in Carlton for opening in March 2021.

The hotel, close to the University of Melbourne at 4-12 Leicester Place, will be the fifth new TRYP in Australia alongside others in the pipeline for Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.

Facilities will include a café-style restaurant, rooftop bar, fitness centre and meeting, event and co-working spaces, the hotel group promising “art-inspired interior spaces and an attention-grabbing exterior reflective of Melbourne’s energy and vibrancy”.

Wyndham managing director for the region, Joon Aun Ooi, said: “With its intuitive amenities and smart social spaces, this stylish hotel will ensure that business and leisure travellers are kept fully connected throughout their stay in this fantastic city.”

Novel Novotel

A Queensland accommodation favourite changed its name this week, the Novotel Twin Waters Resort becoming the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort.

Accor’s vice president of operations for Queensland, Matt Young, said a $2 million program of transformations and additions were the catalysts for changing the title of one of the region’s best-known resorts.

“Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort better reflects the property’s evolution and aligns the resort with the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, which opened earlier this year,” he said. 

SOLA Bar at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort. Image supplied

“We believe that it’s a more progressive and appropriate name given that we are located in a destination being profiled on the international stage now more than ever before.”

The hotel has a new-look lobby, bar and alfresco deck overlooking the resort’s outdoor pool and lagoon.

Designed by Medhurst Architects and Aplus Design Group and styled by Anna Roberts, the updated spaces have been inspired by their natural surrounds.

Owners Shakespeare Property Group have invested heavily in the resort over the past year, opening the onsite $8 million convention centre in May.

Ballarat beauty

A Victorian gold rush-era hotel with a former guest list numbering royalty, prime ministers and celebrities has hit the market for the first time in two decades.

Craig’s Hotel in Lydiard Street, described in 1896 by American novelist Mark Twain as “the pride of Ballarat”, is expected to sell for more than $13 million.

The 1853-built heritage building offers 37 boutique rooms, the multi-award-winning The Gallery restaurant, Craig’s Café, the Foyer Lounge, Craig’s Bar and 45 electronic gaming machines.

The hotel has played an integral role in Ballarat’s history and cultural life since being built in 1853. As the first hotel in Ballarat to be granted a liquor license, it became a focus for the town’s social life in the gold rush.

The Melbourne Racing Club was formed inside and the 1855 Royal Commission into the Eureka Stockade uprising was held at the hotel. Dame Nellie Melba performed from its balcony and Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred made it his headquarters on his Australian travels.

 “We are really proud of taking what was a pretty rundown pub and turning it into the destination that it currently is,” said current owner John and Mary Finning, who bought the property with his wife, Mary, in 1999.

“We will be sad to see it go but it is time someone else enjoy it as much as we have.”

Pullman perfection

A $1 million refurbishment of the Pullman Adelaide Hotel’s top floor function and events space will begin in December.

A render of the new Pullman Adelaide Hotel view. Image supplied

The work is part of a five-star repositioning of the property begun in 2017 when Accor’s Pullman Hotels & Resorts brand took it over from Crowne Plaza.

The 15th floor will receive a complete makeover, including new wall coverings, “extensive” use of stone, custom flooring, specialist lighting and new audio-visual equipment.

The main ballroom, capable of hosting functions for up to 400 attendees and divisible into up to four smaller rooms, will be upgraded, as will the corner boardroom.

The pre-function space will feature a refurbished bar facility and bi-fold doors to a balcony overlooking Hindmarsh Square.

Llewellyn Wyeth, general manager of Pullman Adelaide, said: “The unique aspect from our top floor function space is the amazing views across Hindmarsh Square.

“Now that the meeting rooms will benefit from this aspect via the new glazed façade, the space will be perfectly suited to business events and meetings, whilst capturing the ambience and design qualities suitable for personable functions such as weddings and celebrations.

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